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shock at westminster as sajid javid resigns as chancellor in the middle of the prime minister's reshuffle. he was asked to stay on but refused after the prime minister ordered him to sack his entire team of advisers. i don't believe any self—respecting minister would accept such conditions and so, therefore, ifelt the best thing to do was to go. he was quickly replaced by 39—year—old rishi sunak, his deputy at the treasury who's had a meteoric rise. a relative newcomer tonight in one of the biggestjobs in government, a more dramatic today than anyone had expected. also tonight... one of the 15 babies whose deaths could have been prevented families welcome an independent review into maternity services
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at east kent nhs trust. china at war with the coronavirus — there's been a record rise in the death toll and the number of people infected has soared dramatically. and rewriting the text books. nasa scientists on how the planets in our solar system were really formed, it's being hailed as a major discovery. coming up in sportsday, israel folau catalan dragons coach says he shouldn't be given a life sentence for making homophobic remarks, ahead of a super league this weekend. good evening. the chancellor sajid javid has resigned suddenly in the middle of the prime minister's reshuffle. borisjohnson said he wanted him to stay on but ordered him to fire his entire team of advisers. mrjavid refused to do that saying "no self—respecting minister" could accept such a condition. he's walked out of his job just four
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weeks before he was due to deliver his first budget and was quickly replaced by his deputy at the treasury 39—year—old rishi sunak. here's our political editor laura kuenssberg. how tight is number ten's grip on power? a reshuffle billed as just another day... officials huddling to make sure it is all in order... sajid javid expected to keep his number 11 home. but, then... so, he turned it down because the pm said he wanted him to stay, but he had to replace his whole team of advisers. for a moment, it wasn't quite clear what was going on. taken an unexpected turn. there is dominic raab. what do you make of the chancellor having to resign, dominic raab? number ten had demanded mrjavid sack his own team in return for keeping hisjob. a loss of influence he wouldn't wear. why have you resigned, mrjavid?
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so, the man who had been the second most important person in the government returned home to west london with a rucksack, not a red box. the conditions that were attached was a requirement that i replace all my political advisers. these are people that have worked incredibly hard on behalf of not just the government but the whole country, done a fantasticjob. i was unable to accept those conditions. i don't believe any self—respecting minister would accept such conditions. and, so, therefore, ifelt the best thing to do was to go. were those conditions imposed by mrcummings? those were the conditions requested by the prime minister. that was, of course, his prerogative, and, as i say, my successor has my full support. so, walking in in his place, a rising star in tory circles. were you expecting a promotion today? you are widely tipped as on the way up. i've absolutely no idea... rishi sunak unaware first thing this morning just how high he was about to soar. a pleasure to be a part of the government.
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emerging as the brand—new chancellor. has number 11 become an annex of the prime minister? number 10a? will you have any power if number ten's in charge, chancellor? the start of the day had followed a more predictable script. while workmen were shuffling an actual cabinet around parliament, the prime minister was there to do the firings before the hirings. andrea leadsom tight—lipped after she lost a cabinet seat she had held for years. mr mcveigh slipped in early to be booted out from housing. julian smith, who got the government in northern ireland back up and running, was axed. i think my position is up to the prime minister. it is his... his call. we shall enjoy the nice weather we have today. jacob rees—mogg and his chalk stripes hung on as leader of the house, along with plenty of other serving ministers. anne marie trevelyan, the northumberland mp and former defence minister, becomes the boss of the department for international development. looking forward to your promotion?
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oliver dowden the new culture secretary, who had been at the cabinet office, the government machine. are you looking forward to your newjob? yes, of course, thank you. six entrants to the cabinet got newjobs today but the neighbourly trouble between numbers ten and ii is the biggest headline of all. this was meant to be a moderate, move along, not much to see kind of reshuffle. not a bit of it. the departure of the chancellor is a huge event, a huge moment for any government but this time it represents something else. a sign of a number ten that wants total dominance, to be in complete control. borisjohnson‘s team is adamant this is no power grab. they just want less friction at the top. this is a downing street operation, though, that will not hesitate to clip almost anyone‘s wings. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, downing street. tonight, in his resignation letter, mrjavid pointedly urged the prime minister to ensure the treasury retained "as much credibility as possible".
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and he said it was important that leaders had people around them who could give "clear and candid advice." our economics editor faisal islam looks now at the tensions between the prime minister and the former challencellor, and the challenges that await his successor. it's only two days since the prime minister and his then chancellor joined forces to back high speed rail in birmingham. sajid javid'sjob had been guaranteed, but he didn't look too comfortable, as the relationship between no 10 and ii was itself coming off the track. partly because no 10 wants other hard hat, high viz big spend moments exactly like this beginning at the budget in a months time. yeah i would, love to... famously the son of a bus driver, this chancellor never got to use his budget red box. he spoke to the bbc though about how a stalling economy could be boosted by spending. we've now got this pro—business government that's investing in infrastructure, which is what businesses want to see, that is why i'm standing in a bus depot today.
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but exactly how much investment is the issue. mrjavid's new rules on borrowing have meant the treasury having to consider tax rises to fund some of the extra spending. there is nothing abnormal about the treasury having a tense relationship with other parts of government. it is the veryjob of this institution to say no, even to a prime minister and his aides, on issues of finance. so it is impossible not to see today's extraordinary developments in the context of no 10 asserting itself over no 11 at a time when it wants to spend and borrow more and that raises key questions of credibility for the newly—promoted chancellor. so who is rishi sunak? he's just 39 years old and married to the daughter of an indian it billionaire. he made a fortune of his own, before going into politics. he got his firstjob in government just two years ago, as a junior minister, before moving to the treasury.
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now he's chancellor, in control of the nation's finances, he could now loosen the borrowing constraints he's inherited. the prime minister is such a fan that he chose him as a stand in in last year's noisy tv election debates. nicola sturgeon? if i could just say on spending... nicola sturgeon? the then chancellor shared a trip to see the new star wars film with his deputy and now replacement. mrjavid did win some epic battles against top aides of the pm — today, no 10 strikes back. sojulian smith — who has been widely acclaimed for his work as northern ireland secretary — was one of those who was sacked in the reshuffle. mr smith was appointed just seven months ago and oversaw a monumental talks process that led to the northern ireland parties agreeing a deal to restore a power—sharing government at stormont after three years of deadlock. he will be replaced by the former security minister brandon lewis.
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this report from our ireland correspondent chris page contains some flashing images. the home of northern ireland's devolved government is bright and busy again. but the man who saved stormont couldn't save his own job. just five weeks ago, julian smith challenged politicians to bring back devolution. we have never ignored the issues are difficult and that reaching agreement would be easy, but now is decision time. that characteristic straight talking worked — the local parties returned to the power—sharing table, but when boris johnson visited a few days later, he congratulated his minister. he has done a great job and he certainly has a bright future. but mr smith had differences with the prime minister, not least over brexit. this morning he was trying to hold on. i enjoy serving the people of northern ireland, we have done a lot of really good stuff. there's a lot more to do. after his sacking, there's been
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an unusual chorus of political praise for the former northern ireland secretary. holders of the job don't tend to be popular, butjulian smith has generated real respect for what he as achieved here. the stormont first minister, arlene fosters of democratic unionist party said his dedication to the role was incredible. irish nationalist politicians don't often get on with conservatives, but they did with this one. it is not like me to be praising a tory secretary of state, but he is a good man, he cared about this place and worked hard. we had our disagreements, but we were able to work well together. i think he was the best secretary of state we've seen in a decade actually. and child abuse survivors thanked mr smith for setting up a compensation scheme they had waited years for. it's outrageous actually, we are very, very angry that such a man of his integrity could be put out of hisjob, you know, that northern ireland took him upon as one of oui’ own.
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now, this man's taking charge of the northern ireland office. one of many sensitive issues brandon lewis will face is the question of how unsolved killings from the troubles should be investigated. chris page, bbc news, belfast. let's get more from laura in westminster. let's talk about the resignation of the chancellor. how much of a power grab by numberten the chancellor. how much of a power grab by number ten is this?‘ the chancellor. how much of a power grab by number ten is this? a couple of weeks ago, if someone had told me sajid javid was going to be booted out in the reshuffle, i wouldn't have been that surprised, there were well advertised tensions between the teams at number ten and ii but that was not the expectation when the reshuffle began this morning, not at all, and the way it has unfolded has been something of a surprise which is what is really significant about this. is this a disaster for number ten? they just this. is this a disaster for number ten? theyjust don't see it that way. is it on the other hand some kind of deliberate, sinister, masterstro ke kind of deliberate, sinister, masterstroke where they were trying to get rid of the chancellor? i don't think it was that, either. number ten seems genuinely to have
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been hopeful sajid javid would have said yes to this plan that would have clipped his wings, got rid of some of his advisers but allowed him to stay on in a top job. but he also had a sense this might be coming. i'm told he talked about this with friends in the last couple of days and he was pretty clear she might have to walk. number ten didn't actually get their way straightforwardly, in terms of deliberately showing him the door. what i think we can take away from thatisit what i think we can take away from that is it shows today downing street made a political choice to put control over keeping personnel the prime minister genuinely values. in the short to medium term, that might mean they have a more pliant neighbour next door, although i don't think rishi sunak will be anything like a pushover. it might be easierfor them to anything like a pushover. it might be easier for them to keep the promises they've made so publicly. but it also runs the risk of creating bad blood inside the tory party about just how this downing street operation is really behaving
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because decisiveness is one thing. being ruthless for the sake of it, quite another. laura kuenssberg, thank you. and you can get all the details on who's in and who's out of the cabinet online at bbc.co.uk/politics. there's to be an independent review into maternity care at east kent nhs trust following concerns and confusion about the number of preventable deaths of babies. in a bbc interview yesterday, the trust's chief executive said there had been "six or seven" avoidable deaths since 2011, but today a board meeting heard there were possibly 15 deaths. from kent our social affairs correspondent, michael buchanan reports. we didn't get to hold harry until the day that he died. i'm so glad we got to spend those seven days with him and see him. it means he was a real, living human being for those seven days and that means everything to us. our son harry died, because of a number of serious and preventible failures in the medical care and
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treatment that he and my wife sarah received and which amounted to neglect. since harry richford's wholly avoidable death in 2017, his family have fought to reveal the failings that caused his death and that of other babies in east kent. today, their campaign has taken a huge step forward, when the government announced maternity care at the trust will be scrutinised. nhs england and nhs improvements will be commissioning an independent inquiry that has been decided this morning. the inquiry will look back at preventible deaths or injuries at at preventable deaths or injuries at the trust over a number of years and will be chaired by bill kircup, who investigated the morecambe bay maternity scandal. the announcement of the inquiry was made as the trust board were meeting in there. for 10, maybe 15 minutes, they had no idea what the minister had said and it certainly wasn't what they were expecting. the trust say tonight they welcome the inquiry, but harry richford's father gave
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his qualified support. what they need to do is let all of the skeletons out of the closet, under the carpet, everything that's been buried, it all needs to come out and hopefully that is what this investigation will do. if that can happen and they can begin to rebuild the trust from the very bottom and make sure it is a safe and secure place, with a good quality reputation going forwards. the trust say they now believe there have been 15 preventable baby deaths since 2012, having yesterday told us there was six or seven. but they still deny they were at fault over the death of fletcher aitken. he died in 2017 from, a fungal infection. his mother sees the inquiry as the family's chance to getjustice. he wasn't treated for a fungal infection, he was treated for every other infection other than what he actually had. and this is the opportunity for you to get to the truth? absolutely. yes, for me, for my family and for fletcher. he was a living person. i held him, he looked at me, he was a living baby.
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michael buchanan, bbc news, kent. china has announced a sharp rise in the number of people killed by the coronovirus. beijing said that yesterday more than 240 deaths were recorded in hubei, the province at the centre of the outbreak, bringing the country's death toll to almost 1,400. the total number with the virus also soared to almost 60,000. that's partly because of changes in the way officials there are diagnosing people. here, a ninth case has been confirmed. more on that in a moment, but, first, from beijing our correspondentjohn sudworth reports. china's at war with this virus, flying in extra supplies and a reinforcement of 2,600 extra troops. but there is still deep confusion about the enemy they are fighting, how many it has infected and how many it is killing. until now, only those with a positive lab test
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were counted as confirmed cases, but lab tests take time. now patients confirmed by much quicker ct scans are being included. it's slightly less reliable, but it means the number of cases has rocketed. what is far more worrying is the big leap in deaths. the sudden increase is made up of those patients who only had ct scans, not counted before. but are those extra deaths added up from across the past three weeks or are they a new daily count, pointing to a hidden number of similar daily deaths? china hasn't told us. it has been focused on messages of loyalty. these patients had been sworn into a communist committee and it has been settling political scores, removing the boss of the province where the outbreak started. the media are showing hard—working heroes stories, too. it is a driver's
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wedding anniversary. "come home soon" his sign says. his wife is a nurse looking after virus patients and contact with the outside world is forbidden. from beijing, i ask if china can beat the virus. "of course we will win," he says. even in china's capital, the impact is felt. this shop is keeping a safe distance from its customers. china is now portraying this as a patriotic fight involving the masses, the enforcement of strict quarantine measures, and the mandatory wearing of face masks. of course, viruses don't listen to propaganda. they are best beaten with good data and an open and transparent public health policy. there is no shortage of fighting spirit but there is so much we still don't know about how this
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is going to end. john sudworth, bbc news, beijing. meanwhile, in the uk, more than 80 people who were quarantined at a hospital on the wirral have been allowed to go home after tests confirmed they don't have the coronavirus. they'd been held at arrowe park hospital for two weeks after being flown back from wuhan, the chinese the city at the centre of the outbreak. health officials are also attempting to trace anyone who might have been in contact with the ninth person who's been diagnosed with coronavirus here in the uk. our health correspondent, dominic hughes reports. after 1a days in quarantine, it's time to go home. reunited with their families, the 83 evacuees from wuhan have been given the all—clear to get on with their lives. 83 people kept connected... after a fortnight in quarantine, lee ping yang now has a certificate to show she's free from the virus. you're in the clear? yeah. but it was a long two weeks, with constant monitoring. we had medical staff to each room
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every single day, twice a day. what do you think of the sort of the quality of care that you had there? i think — i don't know other people what they think — i think it's great. public health officials have a four—point plan to help fight the spread of virus. containing and isolating it is the immediate focus. delaying any potential outbreak in the uk is also crucial, as is science and research, exploring existing drugs and finding potential vaccines, finally they're trying to mitigate the impact any increase in cased might have on the nhs. all the things that are going to make it more difficult to transmit this virus are good, sensible things to do for transmitting every other virus, remember in the uk roughly 8,000 remember, in the uk roughly 8,000 people a year people a year in an average die of flu. the things that stop flu also stop this virus. uk airports still receive almost a0 flights a week from china.
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passengers are told to self—isolate if they start to feel ill, but there is no mandatory health testing. no mandatory health testing. however, we now know that the ninth case in the uk involved a chinese traveller who arrived on just such a flight last week. she took an uber cab to lewisham hospital in london, afterfeeling unwell and is now being treated at a specialist centre. two nhs staff who dealt with her are themselves self—isolating for 1h days. i really want to see my family again. you want to see your family again? meanwhile, for the first time in two weeks, lee ping has been able to go outside without wearing a face mask. for her at least, normal life can resume. there were scuffles outside a court in londonderry today as a man appeared charged with the murder ofjournalist lyra mckee. paul mcintyre, who's 52 and comes from derry, has been charged with murder, possession of a firearm and membership of a proscribed organisation, the ira. lyra mckee was shot dead during riots in derry last april. our ireland correspondent, emma vardy, reports. lyra mckee's death has led
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to heightened tensions in derry. members of the group police say are the political voice of the new ira clashed with officers outside court. paul mcintyre, a 52—year—old man from the city, has been charged with murder, possession of a firearm and membership of the ira. it gets better for those of us who live long enough to see it get better. lyra mckee, a writer and gay rights activist, was stood next to a police land rover the night she was killed during rioting in the city in april last year. a gunman was seen on mobile phone footage, stepping out and firing towards police. the dissident republican group, known as the new ira, later claimed it was behind the shooting. the violence was widely condemned, bringing back memories of northern ireland's troubled past. today, the vast majority of those who live in derry do not support dissident republican groups.
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paul mcintyre, a man well—known locally, was greeted at court by a group of his supporters, who held a protest through the hearing. inside court, paul mcintyre spoke only to confirm his name and address. his defence solicitor said he was accused of standing behind the man who'd fired the weapon, and was later seen picking up casings that had come out of the gun. lyra mckee's partner, her family and friends attended court wearing t—shirts saying, "speak out for lyra." police say the search for evidence to try to bring the gunman tojustice will go on. emma vardy, bbc news, derry. for decades, scientists have believed that planets like our own were created by material crashing together in the solar system to form ever larger clumps, eventually becoming worlds. but now nasa scientists say they no longer think that's what happened, instead they believe that material gently came together, as our science correspondent pallab ghosh explains. billions of years ago, the planets
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in our own solar system formed. it was a violent process of rocks crashing together and merging until they became worlds, which included our own earth. or so we thought. today, at a news conference in seattle, nasa scientists said that that theory, held for the best part of 60 years, was completely wrong and that the building blocks of planets slowly merged together. it is a wonderful scientific present and the results that have just been described to you are, in my view, watershed. the sun is right in the middle of the solar system. closest to it are the four small rocky planets, including the earth. then further out are four much larger planets, the most famous of which is saturn. then at the edge is tiny pluto, three billion miles away. it is just one of thousands of rock and ice in an outer zone
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called the kuiper belt. these are unused building blocks, left over from the creation of the planets four—and—a—half billion years ago. nasa's new horizon spacecraft reached one of these objects, named arrokoth, last year. it is only now that scientists have been able to study it in detail. it consists of two boulders fused together. look closely at the join and there is no evidence of a violent impact, no cracks, rather a slow coming together, notjust of these two boulders, but a gradual accumulation of all the ice and rocks that built the planets we know today. objects in the kuiper belt are of great significant to us. they sit a long way from planet earth, but they are significant because these were formed at the very birth of the solar system. they all sit a long way from the stone, so sit a long
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way from the sun, so they aren't corrupted by radiation from the sun. there like a time capsule of the prevailing theories about how the solar system was formed. this gives us strong evidence that it wasn't a violent collision of various objects, but sort of gently coming together. textbooks about the origin of the solar system will now have to be rewritten. the scientists say, in the journal science: "instead of the violent start we once imagined, its beginnings were more gentle and tranquil. pallab ghosh, bbc news, seattle. that's it. now on bbc one, time for the news where you are. have a very good night. hello, you're watching sportsday on bbc news with me ben croucher. coming up... we're in the south of france as israel folau prepares to make
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a fresh start in rugby league. new cars for the new f1 season. they'll not be heading to china though and sporting events across asia have now been affected by the coronavirus too. and another history making night for fallon sherrock. but could the first woman in darts' premier league cap it off with a win? we'll start the programme with one of rugby's most divisive figures. israel folau. last year, following homophobic comments, he was sacked by rugby australia — his career in union seemingly at a dead end just ahead of the world cup. now he's been given another
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chance in rugby league, playing for french side catalan dragons. and after months on the sidelines, he could take to the pitch again this weekend for his superleague debut. our correspondent natalie pirks sent us this report from perpignan. his athletic ability is not up for debate but his personal views sparked a huge one around free speech and discrimination. perpignan is where the deeply religious folau will attempt to resurrect a career after social media posts that hell is waiting for gay people. the smile is back. his manager believes everyone deserves a shot at redemption. i spoke to him over a of time on a number of occasions and i believe he deserves the opportunity. he shouldn't have been given a life sentence and he has an opportunity here. his club condemned his comments and his contract prevents him from giving the kind of sermons he gives in church.
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god says for a man and a woman to be together. a few months ago he linked bushfires in australia to the country was my decision to legalise same—sex marriage. it's a coincidence. god is speaking to you, australia. you need to repent. after he was fired last may, israel folau sued rugby australia for religious discrimination. the tussle ended in an out—of—court settlement in december. from a sporting point of view the signing makes a lot of sense. israel folau was one of australia's highest paid players and was set to star for the country at the world cup before the axe fell but other clubs have threatened legal action if they lose sponsorship because of the signing and local lgbt groups are less than impressed. translation: we have the right to live as he has the right
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to live, as everyone does. when he says we are going to the fires of hell, that's incredible. what might his team—mates have embraced him after he opened up to them about his views, and fans locally feel excited about having one of the best playing for them. it's quite tough, fans don't seem to bit quite hysterical around here about issues. i think the media will move on. i think that will disappear. sport has a long history of granting second chances. the question is whether greater talent should equal quickerforgiveness? natalie perks, bbc news. the sporting calendar in asia continues to be decimated with two rugby sevens events the latest to be postponed due to the coronavirus. olympic organisers though insist tokyo 2020 will not be moving.

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